Masters, James M, LtGen

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Lieutenant General
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1961-1962, 1st Marine Division/HQ Bn, 1st Marine Division
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1933 - 1968

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Aug 05, 1988
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Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps
7th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Date of Action: May 10 - 12, 1945
The Navy Cross is presented to James M. Masters, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Executive Officer of the Seventh Marines, First Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the assault on Dakeshi Ridge, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, from 10 to 12 May 1945. On 10 May, when the advance of the Regiment was checked by a strong hostile force, Lieutenant Colonel Masters unhesitatingly went forward of the front lines on reconnaissance and obtained information concerning the Japanese and unfamiliar terrain which enabled a successful attack to be made the following day. On 11 May, he established an advanced observation post in the only possible position on the front lines from which the attack that day could be observed and directed and, despite unusually heavy casualties at the post from intense enemy mortar and small-arms fire, continued to man it and report information vital to the capture of desperately defended Dakeshi Ridge, Moving the observation post forward again on 12 May, he advanced under intense hostile fire to the Ridge before that ground had been completely seized by assault troops and, although the Japanese continued to inflict heavy casualties on his force, persevered in his mission to observe the enemy and terrain, thus securing information which aided materially in the formulation of successful plans for continuing the attack. His inspiring leadership, courage and unremitting devotion to duty throughout were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
SPOT AWARD, FMF Pac: Serial 77925
Born: at Atlasita, Georgia
Home Town: Washington, D.C.

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 Unit Assignments
Marine Barracks4th Marine RegimentMarine Barracks Washington DC, 8th & I4th Defense Bn
USMC (United States Marine Corps)1st Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment  (2/1)Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)7th Marine Regiment
I MEF/1st Marine DivisionOfficer Candidate School (OCS) Support Bn8th Marine RegimentMarine Corps War College
H&S Bn Henderson Hall (HQMC)Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)1st Marine Division/HQ Bn, 1st Marine Division
  1933-1934, 9901, Marine Barracks Philadelphia, PA
  1937-1939, 4th Marine Regiment
  1939-1939, Marine Barracks Washington DC, 8th & I
  1940-1941, Marine Barracks Parris Island, SC
  1941-1942, 4th Defense Bn
  1942-1943, 10th Defense Bn
  1943-1944, 1st Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (2/1)
  1944-1944, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
  1945-1945, 7th Marine Regiment
  1945-1946, I MEF/1st Marine Division
  1946-1948, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
  1948-1949, Officer Candidate School (OCS) Support Bn
  1950-1951, 8th Marine Regiment
  1952-1953, Marine Corps War College
  1953-1957, 9906, H&S Bn Henderson Hall (HQMC)/C Co
  1955-1956, 9906, 4th Marine Regiment
  1956-1957, 9906, Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)
  1957-1961, H&S Bn Henderson Hall (HQMC)/C Co
  1961-1962, 1st Marine Division/HQ Bn, 1st Marine Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Eastern Solomons (Stewart Island)
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Gilbert Islands Operation (1943)
  1943-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Cape Gloucester
  1944-1944 Marianas Operation /Battle of Tinian (1944)
  1944-1944 Marianas Operation /Battle of Guam (1944)
  1945-1945 Ryukyus Campaign (1945)/Battle for Okinawa
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The CitadelUnited States Naval Academy
  1928-1929, The Citadel
  1929-1933, United States Naval Academy
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